It is not too long not to remember all the hypes around the Hyundai Creta. The stylish compact SUV launched in India last year made quite an impression in the Indian automobile industry. Just before the launch Hyundai received more than 20000 bookings for Creta. Compact SUVs are the new found love of this country’s automobile buyers. More and more automakers are bringing their compact SUVs in Indian market, and the competition is rising to present us none but some stunning looking upmarket higher standard cars.

Next to Creta two gorgeous SUVs set to enter the Indian market and impress us are Hyundai Santa Fe facelift and the Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson is an absolutely stunning vehicle with lots of similar moulds like the Creta, steeply upmarket than the Creta albeit. Tucson was first introduced to the world in 2004. In the meantime Hyundai has revamped the car several times, and the India bound Tucson will be the third generation model. This car is all set to be launched in India in a few months and placed in between the Santa Fe Facelift and Creta. Before the launch of this car, the South Korean automaker will showcase the car at the upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo at New Delhi in coming February. In 2005 Hyundai briefly sold this car in India at a price of INR. 14-15 lakhs.

As I have seen the car, it really impressed me. It adorns stylish international standard design, classy feature packed interior and of course a powerful powertrain to give you a ride to the places you want to go. How would you like to rate it? Take a look at the car and read our detail review before you make up your mind.

Update 14/11/2016: Hyundai has introduced the all Tucson in Indian market. The prices and other details has been updated in this article

Click past jump to read more about the all new Hyundai Tucson.

EXTERIOR

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The third generation model of the Hyundai Tucson looks absolutely stylish. The front profile sports a stylish hexagonal chrome garnished grille, which boasts three thick chrome slats, housing the Hyundai logo at the centre position. The sleek wrapped up looking headlamps sports projector units. The front bumper looks beefy, but stylish yet, which houses the unusual delta like shaped fog lamps along with sleek wide LED daytime running lamps at both sides of the lower bumper. At the centre bottom part of the lower bumper a honeycomb shaped air intake is visible, and below that a scuff plate can be seen, which indicates the off roading character of the Tucson. The hood sports two subtle yet sharp creases running toward the nose section making a slight V like shape.

At the side profile the car really boasts similarities with the Hyundai Creta compact SUV. The first thing come to note is the wrapped up section of the headlamp cluster. The wheel arches look huge and they come with a black cladding which is wrapping up the entire bottom area of the car. Five twin spoke alloy wheels not only add on the style but delivers a powerful message as well. A sleek and sharp crease can be seen running toward the rear parallel with the greenhouse area. The green house area looks sleek with an all black look, while the greenhouse area gets a shiny chrome garnished beltline molding. The body coloured wing mirrors sport LED turning lamps. The sloping roof line toward the rear emphasizes on the sporty character of the car, and the panoramic sun roof is one feature which will give you the feel of fresh air and warmth of sunlight during drive. Roofrails and a shark fin antenna at rear top is visible.

Rear profile also gives us a similar view of the Creta, with the sleek angular LED combination taillamps. A rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamps is also there. A skid plate can be seen at the rear bottom, while the exhaust vents come in and chrome garnished look.

DIMENSION

Length4475 mm
Width1850 mm
Height (With roof rails)1660 mm
Wheelbase2670 mm
Curb weight1435 kg
Fuel tank capacity62 litre

INTERIOR

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The 5 person seating interior of the car looks even more stylish with the three colour scheme options: Beige, Black and Gray. The three spoke steering wheel boasts several control buttons, while the driver information panel is the home for dual round shaped dials and a 4.2 inch TFT LED display as well. At the centre console a touchscreen infotainment system sits pretty along with several control buttons and surrounded by the AC vents. The dashboard is available in dual colour tone and completely black as well. Driver side door trim houses several control buttons. At the centre position of the two front seats cup holders can be seen, while at the rear the occupants have every reason to feel charmed with rear AC vents, panoramic sunroof and the spacious cabin. The rear seats can be folded to expand the luggage space.

DRIVETRAIN

1. Hyundai Focuses on SUV Segment First MPV Idea Put On Hold

The new third generation Tucson is offered with both petrol as well as a diesel engine option. The petrol variant gets the 2.0 Litre dual VTVT unit which is capable of producing about 155 PS of peak power at 6,200 rpm and 196 Nm of prak torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is paired to a 6 speed manual transmission while there is also an option of a 6 speed auto transmission as well. The engine claims to return about 13.03 km/l of fuel efficiuency with the manual transmission while it promises to return around 12.95 km/l with the automatic transmission.

The diesel variant on the other hand is powered by the 2.0-litre CRDi unit which produces about 185 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,750 rpm. This engine too is paired to a 6 speed manual while there is also an option of a 6 speed automatic transmission as well. The diesel unit promises to return about 18.42 km/l for the manual variant while the automatic variant promises to return around 16.38 km/l.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine2.0 liter direct injection 4 cylinder 16 valve CRDi2.0 litre deuel VTVT Blue Drive
Maximum power182.5 bhp153 bhp
Maximum torque420 Nm396 Nm
Transmission6 speed manual/AMT6 speed manual/AMT

RIDE AND HANDLING

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Tucson is equipped with a rack and pinion column mounted power steering. Braking duty is done by power assisted ventilated discs at front and power assisted solid discs at rear. While the transmission duty is done by MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas pressurized shock absorbers and hollow stabilizer bar at front, and independent multi link with coil springs, gas pressurized shock absorbers and hollow stabilizer bar at rear.

BRAKE AND SUSPENSION

SteeringMotor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), rack and pinion, column mounted
Front brakePower assisted ventilated discs
Rear BrakePower assisted solid discs
Front suspensionMacPherson struts with coil springs, gas pressurized shock absorbers, hollow stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionIndependent multi-link with coil springs, gas pressurized shock absorbers, hollow stabilizer bar

SAFETY

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Hyundai Tucson gets several safety features like airbags, ABS, ESC, TCS, BSD, LDWS etc.

PRICE

1. Hyundai Tucson (Updated)

The prices for the new Hyundai Tucson has been provided below

Petrol variant

Hyundai Tucson 2WD MTINR 18,99,000
Hyundai Tucson 2WD AT GLINR 21,79,000

Diesel variant:
Hyundai Tucson 2WD MTINR 21,59,000
Hyundai Tucson 2WD AT GLINR 23,48,000
Hyundai Tucson 2WD AT GLSINR 24,99,000

All the above prices are ex, showroom Delhi based prices

COMPETITION

HONDA CR-V

1. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V is a long standing car in India, not popular although. The next generation CR-V will be powered by 2.0 litre in line SOHC petrol and 1.6 litre in line DOHC diesel engines. Power outputs will be 155 PS and 119 PS peak power respectively, while the torque output will be 192 Nm and 300 Nm respectively. The car is priced at around INR. 21 lakhs.

Read the Honda CR-V review here

CONCLUSION

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Hyundai is a very popular brand in India, and Tucson is sold all around the globe except India. Now that they are bringing this car in the country, people will surely get attracted to the stylish looking compact SUV, and we have every reason to believe that after the success of Creta.